Welcome! Here are some routes for your consideration…

What follows are a collection of routes that have been ridden and mapped by the organizers of The Adventure Bike Gathering (Scott & Andrew). Please note that conditions change over time and we cannot guarantee that these routes still exist, or that they have not become significantly more difficult. If you decide to follow these routes please use your own discretion, take the necessary precautions for back-country travel, and know when to turn around or bail should conditions deteriorate (trail, weather, etc.) or if you are becoming fatigued.

Please refer to the visual to the right for an explanation of difficulty ratings.

As you will see, this page is as much for sharing as it is for our planning. Items in bold and orange are being worked on. If you are a keener, and want to join us, it’s pretty easy to see what we are up to!

Difficulty Levels 0 to 2 (Novice)

Golfers Loop

Difficulty 0/6, Half Day

This route sticks to the blacktop, but you get some nice views of the Okanagan. Start in Vernon, take the back way to Predator Ridge, zoom down to Lake Country, and come back along the Waterfront of Okanagan Lake.

Consider stopping at The Salty Caramel Kitchen for a snack. It’s a vegan restaurant, yet everybody seems to love it!

GPS Tracks: Not Required

Video: Negative

The Mountain Loop to Revy

Difficulty 0/6, Full Day

Highway 6 back to Vernon from Nakusp has been called the best motorcycle road in British Columbia. Coming up from the Needles ferry through the twisty turns is amazing, especially if you can get started before, or in front of, the automobiles.

If you are looking for a shorter ride, but with all of the fun of Hwy 6, consider riding from Vernon to the ferry and back.

GPS Tracks: Not Required

Video: Negative, but a sample map can be found below. Click to enlarge.

Salmon River Road to Salmon Arm

Difficulty 0/6, Half Day

The Salmon River Road is nice and twisty for the South end, then long straight shots with 90 degree corners will take you through the farm lands of this picturesque valley.

Leaving Vernon from the North, take Hwy 97 towards Kamloops then watch for the Salmon River Road turnoff to your right (North).

GPS Tracks: Not Required

Video: Negative

King Eddy to Lakeland

Difficulty 1+/6, Half Day

Head East out of Vernon on Highway 6, Turn South on King Eddy Resource Road, and pop out in Lakeland.

GPS Tracks: Available Sept 15, 2021

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Little Kingdom Past Pinius Lake

Difficulty 2/6, Half Day

Head North out of Vernon to Highway 97. Travel West to Westside Road then South to Little Kingdom Store. Follow our resource road loop up into the hills, across the plateau, down past Pinius Lake, and exit near Westwold. Return via highway 97.

In this shared GPS route the ride goes from Vernon along Swan Lake, over to Westside Road, and up into the hills at the Little Kingdom store. The first part of the haul road often a bit rough, more of a rough dirt and rock road than a gravel road.

Watch for water bars, ruts, and rock outcroppings throughout the ascent. Logs on the road are common in the spring and after any summer / fall wind storms. The long descent into the Falkland area past Pinius Lake has some nice twisty roads, but be aware of other road users as visibility around corners is often poor.

GPS Tracks: Available Sept 15, 2021

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Mt. Ida Jeep Loop AKA Squish Mitten

Difficulty 2/6, Half Day+

Head North out of Vernon to Highway 97. Travel West to Salmon River Road. Tun North, enjoy the twisty road, and follow the GPS tracks for a relatively easy route around Mt. Ida.

This route takes a little more than a half day as the drive to and from Mt. Ida is about 40 minutes.

GPS Tracks: Remapping Summer 2021 for New Exit Point

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Difficulty Level 3 (Intermediate for Big Bikes)

Twisted Steel (Classic)

Difficulty 3/6, Half Day

Up Hartnell Road and then on to the nice, long, flowy, and sustained 3/6 trail that will take you to the other side of Becker Mountain. From there you can decide to return the way you came, exit through noble canyon, or perhaps come back on Salsa Shark!

Expect all kinds of rock, small logs, and some deep ruts that you may rather not get sucked into. Alternatively, increase the difficulty of the ride substantially by taking on the rough stuff.

GPS Tracks: Available Sept 15, 2021

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Bardolph Rappin Granny (New for 2021)

Difficulty 3/6, Half Day

Vernon to Noble Canyon on Hwy 6, Bardolph Haul Road (D: 1/6) to Rappin Granny (D2/6 with D4+/6 Option), Bardolph Lake Double-track, Exit in New Subdivision

GPS Tracks: Available Sept 15, 2021

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Becker Mountain Intermediate Combo (Classics)

Difficulty 3/6, Half Day

Becker Mountain overlook Vernon and has a pile of trails, many of them are quite difficult. The route grabs a flowy combination of trails that are a little less gnarly for Adventure Bikes.

Hartnell Road (D: 3/6), Resource Road to Lookout (D: 1/6), Top Boss to Gate (D: 2/6), Lower Flow (D: 2/6), Up the Powerline (D: 2/6 with D: 3/6 Options), Resource Road to Cougar Tree (D: 1/6), Shortcut to Powerline (D: 2/6), Powerline Climb to Lavington Lookout (D: 2/6), Powerline to Resource Road (D: 2/6), Descend Resource Road to Noble Canyon (D: 1/6)

GPS Tracks: Available Sept 15, 2021

Video: Nope, sorry!

Sancho’s Revenge (New for 2021)

Difficulty 3/6, Full Day

Here’s a nice loop that covers about 80k of dirt and gravel. A lot of the double-track is a sustained 2/6 with a few segments that get a bit tougher, hence the 3/6 rating. A small group of fast riders could do this in about 4 hours. Larger groups, or those not riding fast all of the time, will certainly take a bigger portion of the day!

GPS Tracks: Available Sept 15, 2021

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The Stinky 500 (New for 2021)

Difficulty 3/6, Full Day

With a name like “The Stinky 500” this route is destined to become a classic.

This lengthy route starts near Vernon and takes you on a 250+ km tour of the high country south of highway 6. This route offers up a pile of double-track, rough resource roads, a river crossing, and a stint on motorcycle-famous highway 6. If you take this route know that you can go around the challenging (D:4/6) climb that has you turning off the haul road right at the beginning. Furthermore, if you find yourself getting tired near the end of the ride simply exit on Noble Canyon Road before taking on Salsa Shark.

At its peak you will hit about 6,200 feet. Expect some big views if the weather is nice. Given the distance and elevation we suggest packing for remote travel, and all types of plausible weather.

GPS Tracks: Available Sept 15, 2021

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Leather Donuts (New for 2021)

Difficulty 3/6, Full Day (Unless your group is super fast.)

Get up into the hills above Kal Park for some stunning riding, and great views. We suggest keeping groups small in here as it is extra dusty when conditions are dry.

This route starts on King Eddy FSR and heads up into the hills. Expect resource roads, some good and long double-track (D:3/6) and one especially nice climb to a microwave tower.

GPS Tracks: Available Sept 15, 2021

Video: Coming Soon. Riding July 10th

Difficulty Level 4 (Advanced for Big Bikes)

Olaf Berserker & Descending Salsa Shark

Difficulty 4/6, Half Day (With Minimal Rest Stops)

We have mapped out and graded a bunch of trails on Becker Mountain so you can piece together your own ideal route. Here’s a great difficulty 4/6 route that includes many of the Gathering’s classics from 2018, 2019, and 2020.

Hartnell Road (D: 3/6), Plumber’s Butt (D: 4/6), Down the Jump Trail (D: 3/6), Upper Flow (D: 3/6), Olaf Berserker AKA “The Chute” (D:4/6), Lower Flow (D: 2/6), Ascend Side Hustle (D: 3+/6), Bruised Marble (D: 4/6), Rooty McRockface (D: 4/6), Salsa Shark to the Lavington Lookout (D: 4/6) all then of the way down to the Noble Canyon Gravel Pit.

GPS Tracks: Available Sept 15, 2021

Video: Click the images below to see some of the featured sections.

Twisted Steel & Climb Salsa Shark

Difficulty 4/6, Half Day (With Minimal Rest Stops)

This is one of our favorite routes on the big bikes. You start on Hartnell Road (D: 3/6) then do Twisted Steel to warm up (D: 3/6). Now you are on the other side of the mountain where you descend down to the Gravel Pit around the 5 km mark. Start climbing up the powerline until you get pushed on to the road. Ascend the resource road to the base of Salsa Shark (D: 4/6) which from this direction will be a series of climbs under the poweline until you reach the Lavington Lookout. After your snack, jump back in the trees to finish Salsa Shark, cross the road, finish the powerline, and take the shortcut to the Cougar Tree. From here you will likely be ready to work your way back to Hartnell Road. If, however, you still have some steam, consider heading towards the Vernon side of the mountain and play on Upper Flow, The Chute, Lower Flow, etc.

GPS Tracks: Available Sept 15, 2021

Video: Click the images below to see some of the featured sections.

Terrace Mountain Summit (New for 2021)

Difficulty 4/6, Full Day

Use your  navigation skills to find your way to the summit of Terrace Mountain. There are multiple ways to get to the base of the big climb which will take you right to the summit. The last kilometre or so is why this is rating with a difficulty of 4/6 as the rest of the ride is likely a 2/6. It’s a great ride!

GPS Tracks: Not Available. This one you can figure out in your own group.

Video: Not yet!

Loaded Diaper

Difficulty 4/6, Half Day

There is a nice network of double track around Bardolph Mountain, especially around the lake. Expect some nice double track, some roots, a few rocks, and possibly some sizeable mud holes.

GPS Tracks: Mapping Summer 2021

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Becker Mountain’s 5 Piece Chicken Dinner (Classic)

Difficulty 4+/6, Half Day

This spicy route combines a series of short, but challenging, trails on Becker Mountain which overlooks Vernon. These are some of our best trails and they are really tough on big adventure bikes. We suggest they may not be that great of an idea on anything larger than a 700cc steed, and even then you need to bring your A game.

Hartnell Road (D:3/6), 5 Piece Chicken Dinner AKA “Locals Only” (D:4+/6), The Cross-Over (D:4+/6), Rolling Coal (D:4+/6), Gold Mine Doubletrack (D:3/6), Descend Hartnell Road (D:3/6)

GPS Tracks: Available Sept 15, 2021

Video: You betcha. Click on the image below.

Mara Mountain Lookout (New for 2021)

Difficulty 4/6, Full Day

Here is a fun ride that ends with a HUGE view, if the weather cooperates. Yes, there is some pavements to get there, but it is well worth it!

GPS Tracks: Available Sept 15, 2021

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Difficulty Level 5 (Expert Riders on Big Bikes)

Mt Ida’s Jailhouse Lover (Classic)

Difficulty 5/6, Full Day

This is a very tricky route for big bikes. The crux is relatively short but you may find yourselves man-hauling bikes. This is one of those routes that you may do once, but won’t desire to do it again.

The route itself does not take a full day, however, the drive to and from Mt. Ida chews up a bunch of time. If you still have some energy, consider riding one of the other routes on Mt. Ida such as The Jeep Loop (D:2/6) or Squish Mitten (D: 3/6).

GPS Tracks: Available Sept 15, 2021

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Up and Over Hunter’s Range (New for 2021)

Difficulty 5/6, Full Day

This is a big undertaking that will take you all the way up into the alpine where snowbikes rule throughout the winter!

This route is very remote, very challenging, and not to be taken lightly. Prepare, pack, and ride accordingly.

GPS Tracks: Mapping Summer 2021

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Just Try to Relax

Difficulty 5/6, Half Day

Head up the road towards Silverstar Mountain and exit the pavement at the upper (2nd) switchback to head towards Proctor Lake. Enjoy some on and off trail adventures, then descend towards Armstrong down a dodgy double track (4/6). To increase the difficulty to a solid 5/6, return the way you came.

GPS Tracks: Mapping Summer 2021

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6 Kilometres of Crazy (New for 2021)

Difficulty 5/6, Full Day

Here is a big ride that will take you up and over two small mountains and two BIG mountains! This is a seriously hard ride where you will likely have to leave early, and arrive late.

Start at the base of Hartnell Road and get into the forest. Traverse small mountain #1, Becker. Descend Becker and get on to small mountain #2, Bardolph. Descend Bardolph and head to Lumby. Possibly top up on fuel. Head North towards Mable Lake. Take Taylor FRS to the snowmobile cabin on Park Mountain. Start descending Park Mountain and head towards Squaw Road. Take a hard left around 17 km mark towards Sugar Lake. Pass around the South end of Sugar Lake and start heading up the East side. After a bunch of haul road the trail will deteriorate as you enter the burn. After crossing the nasty corduroy logs in the wet area the real work begins. The final 6 kilometres of this trail are an unrelenting difficulty 3/6 to 5/6 until you are finally rewarded with the best motorbike accessible summit that we have ever been to.

As you will see in the video, we were not able to exit the mountain as planned and were forced to backtrack some of the most nasty bits.

Expect to be completely shattered by this ride, unless you are 1% rider.

GPS Tracks: Available Sept 15, 2021

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Difficulty Level 6 (Elite Riders on Big Bikes)

We have decided not to create or share any routes for Class 6 as they are just too dodgy for anybody on an adventure bike, or even most dual sports. If you are a knobby tire ninja you know how to find stuff like this because you fear nothing!

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